The Lincoln Committee is delighted to announce that Chris Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of Oxford University will be guest speaker at their Annual Dinner in Lincoln on Friday, 11 November. His talk is entitled, ‘Public Service around the World – from Belfast, Westminster and Brussels on the way to Hong Kong’.
Elected Member of Parliament for Bath in 1979, he served as Minister for Overseas Development, Secretary of State for the Environment and Chairman of the Conservative Party. Patten held several senior positions in Conservative governments under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and was appointed Governor of Hong Kong, tasked with overseeing the final years of British administration and prepare for its transfer to China in 1997.
He was Chairman for the Independent Commission on Policing after the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 and European Commissioner for External Relations from 1999 until 2004. The Observer has described him as ‘the best Tory Prime Minister we never had’. In 2003 he was appointed Chancellor of the University of Oxford. This should be a great occasion and early response will be advisable to avoid disappointment. Details are being finalised and further information will be issued shortly.
He is one of the sixteen Knights of the Thistle and Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (Chancellor 2011-2021). He was awarded America’s highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Fellow of the Royal College of Defence Studies.
Dress Code: Business suits
Tables of 8, 10 or Individual Tickets available
6.30pm Welcome Drinks
8.30pm Talk by Lord Patten of Barnes, Including Q & A
To purchase tickets for this event, please download the booking form here and return to:
Hon. Secretary Mrs. Kelly Bevers, ESU c/o Carlbom Shipping Ltd, Mariner House, Trondheim Way, Stallingborough, Immingham, DN41 8FD
Tel: 01469 571 387
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